Mankato Area Baby Café celebrates grand opening on Sept. 14

Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. — New mothers and mothers-to-be are invited to the grand opening of the Mankato Area Baby Café on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 1:30 to 2:30 the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, 224 Lamm Street, Mankato. The Mankato Area Baby Café is in collaboration with Mayo Clinic Health System and is available every Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota .

The Mankato Area Baby Café is free and offers resources and community support for breastfeeding women. It’s open to anyone interested in any aspect of breastfeeding — prenatal women, mothers, partners, and supporters with the intention that all mothers will be able to access the information and support they need to breastfeed. 

“At least 80 percent of women leaving the hospital setting after childbirth are breastfeeding their infants. Women in Mankato, as well as across the country, face challenges after discharge that make it difficult to meet their breastfeeding goals and the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics for infant feeding,” says Sue Splinter, a lactation specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System and Café facilitator. “We are excited to bring to our community the Mankato Area Baby Café. It is a warm and welcoming family-friendly environment for mothers to meet and support each other in their breastfeeding journey and also receive support and assistance from trained lactation consultants and counselors.”

Established in 2000, Baby Café is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other. 

For more information, contact the Lactation Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato at 507-594-2967.

Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.

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